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Tufts 86, Connecticut College 67

At Medford, MA
Saturday, January 31, 2009

Game Statistics

Sophomore Colleen Hart scored a team-high 17 points

MEDFORD -- The Tufts University Jumbos, behind 17 points from sophomore guard Colleen Hart (Needham, MA), remained unbeaten at home in NESCAC women's basketball play with a decisive 85-67 victory over the Connecticut College Camels on Saturday afternoon at Cousens Gymnasium.

The Camels kept it close for the first 10 minutes of the contest, but the Jumbos never relinquished the lead after they took a 7-4 advantage on a three-pointer by Hart. She was nearly perfect from the field for the game, shooting seven of eight, including three of three from three-point range. Three other Tufts players scored in double-figures, including senior forward Kim Moynihan (West Hartford, CT) with 14.

The Jumbos built up a 22-point lead with 4:21 remaining in the first half, but Connecticut College was able to cut into it before the half as they used the three-point shot by junior co-captain Emily Cummings (Yorktown Heights, NY) to pull within 17 at the break, 45-28. First-year guard Jacqueline Shinall (Redding Ridge, CT) led all scorers in the game with 18 points, hitting three of five from the three-point arch. Cummings added 17 for the Camels as she also nailed three three-pointers on the afternoon.

Connecticut College, who only dressed eight players, was not able to keep up with the depth of the Jumbos as Tufts raced ahead to their largest lead of the day at 30 points (73-43). Tufts' leading scorer for the season, junior forward Julia Baily (Farmington, CT), had another solid outing with 12 points and five rebounds. First-year guard Tiffany Kornegay (Carver, MA) chipped in off the bench with 11 points on five of six shooting from the field.

The Camels had a tough time staying close due to poor field goal shooting, as they finished the contest at 28.8 percent (17/59), but they were terrific from long range going nine of 17. Along with Jacqueline Shinall and Cummings, first-year guard Jennifer Shinall (Redding Ridge, CT) was the third Camels player to sink three three-pointers, as she finished with 14 points of her own. On the other hand, the Jumbos shot above 60 percent in the second half and finished at 51.6 percent (33/64) overall. Connecticut College held their own on the boards as they grabbed 15 offensive rebounds.

With the win, Tufts is now 15-2 overall and 5-1 in the NESCAC, while the Camels fall to 7-12 overall and they remain winless in conference at 0-6. The Jumbos return to action on Tuesday night in a non-conference tilt when they host UMass-Dartmouth at 7 pm. Connecticut College will also host a non-conference game on Tuesday when they play Coast Guard.